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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down Dec 12 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I started to read "At Last" in the plane on the way from Raleigh-Durham to Boston. I had a meeting at MIT the next morning, so I planned to go over my notes that evening in the hotel. The DoubleTree is perched right on the banks of the Charles River, and my room on the 7th floor gave me a spectacular view of the section of the city which owned the competing campuses of Harvard and MIT. My window loooked down over the glistening frozen river, which was wearing slight drifts of snow here and there. The vista was beautiful, but the clock on the art deco-looking Poloroid building visible in the swirling mists was well lit, and told me it was 10 pm. I had a lot to do,and it was getting late. BUT..., the troubled, all consuming love and pain of Gracie and Noah, would not leave my brain. I had to know if this would end well. Were the keys to unlock this turmoil, and free this powerful love in the secret held by Noah's father Simon, or his mother Ruth? I had to yield; I simply dropped my notes and dug the book out of my briefcase, and sat down to find the answers. Barbara Bretton's writing reveals her characters in such a true light that you feel you know them. You can easily feel the depth of the love and hate in this story, and Barbara won't release you easily; she draws you along with her to the end of the tale to discover its final resolution. Everyone should experience a love this strong. It is a great read, and I heartily recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting romantic drama Nov. 7 2000
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For the first time in eight years, Manhattan veterinarian Graciela Taylor returns to her hometown of Idle Point, Maine to attend her father's latest wedding. Gracie abruptly left town by herself the night she was to elope with her beloved Noah Chase, who left shortly afterward.

To her chagrin, Noah has returned to sell off the family's newspaper. While he always wondered why she left him, Gracie thinks back to those days when her widowed father Ben hated Noah for no reason except he was a Chase; his aristocratic dad Simon loathed Gracie for no reason except perhaps because she was a Taylor. She still loves Noah though he is the father of someone else's girl and still hurts from the secret that Simon revealed to her on that fateful day.

AT LAST is an exciting romantic drama that highlights the destructive side of obsessive love on innocent future generations. Ben is a pathetic drunk and Simon seemingly in control is as emotionally as unstable as his rival is. The story line uses flashbacks to tell the tale of eight years ago, but although the technique works, readers must wonder why the intelligent and ambitious Gracie would accept Simon's word without talking to anyone else to collaborate it. Still, Barbara Bretton provides her fans with an emotional contemporary tale that hits the guts and heart with its force.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel needed !! March 16 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved the characters in this book and the town so much
that I need to lobby Ms Bretton for a sequel!!
This is a story that grabs you from the first page and keeps you turning them until your eyes are blurry from reading too far into the wee nighttime hours. It is a perfect love story that is satisfying and believable. Turn off the tv news of the day and prepare to relax in the sweetness of this love story that Barbara Bretton so skillfully unfolds. You'll be wanting to hear of a sequel too!
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